Roundup 11/12: The Chemical Regulations Edition

With both houses of Congress getting ready to take up legislation to overhaul the Toxic Substances Control Act, a new poll out today reveals that most Republicans and Independents, as well as Democrats, say that existing chemical control laws in the United States aren't strong enough. Richard Denison of the Environmental Defense Fund offers his thoughts here.

Imperfect as they may be, existing chemical regulations have done the trick to help restore populations of the brown pelican, which was removed from the federal Endangered Species List yesterday.

In hopes of staving off future problems, the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry pledged to cooperate and contribute to global efforts to come up with sustainable food, water, and energy supplies.